Essay Elements / Transitions
PRACTICE CREATING CONNECTIONS
Directions: Writers use transition words like again, also, moreover, therefore, because,
consequently, next, although, for example, and next to connect sentences and paragraphs. They also
repeat key words and phrases.
First, read the passage below to see how a student writer has built connections between his
introduction, middle and conclusion. Mark each connecting device with an asterisk (*).
Check one of your essays to see if you have included words and phrases that connect ideas. Mark
each one. Add new ones if necessary.
A LIFETIME COMMITMENT TO PHYSICAL FITNESS
A lifetime commitment to physical fitness can no longer be considered a luxury. It is indeed a
necessity. What could be worse than the sight of a physically bankrupt forty-year-old executive
recovering from his first major heart attack? With the aid of modern technology and a little hard work,
a motivated person can become physically fit and avoid this catastrophe. I firmly believe in the
lifetime commitment to physical fitness, and practice it as well. Fitness will not only help you
physically, but mentally and financially as well.
Most Americans abide by what can be referred to as the law of beauty. If it looks good, it must be
good. We need to erase this from our minds when dealing with physical fitness. More often than not,
the people who get quick results for beauty are the ones who cut corners. Cutting corners can be very
dangerous from a physical standpoint, and is not what the commitment to physical fitness is about. To
name a few guilty parties, steroid abusers, anorexics, and bulemics are tops on the list. Although
steroids provide big muscles quickly, and anorexia and bulimia provide a thin waist promptly, usually
the party involved doesn't realize what's at stake. The long-term effects of theses habits are more
severe than a body abuser may have ever imagined. Steroids may cause cancer, elephantitis, and